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see you online at japan condemns the killing of journalist kenji goto. by i.s.i.l. the video is highly likely authentic. hello this is al jazeera live from doha, i'm adrian finnegan. also ahead free aj staff. 400 days since our journalists were jailed in egypt, al jazeera demands their release. opening old wounds.
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and why spend 160 hours cramped below a hot air balloon? to break a world record, of course. isjapan's government says it's highly likely that the video of killing of kenji goto is authentic. prime minister shinzo abe describes it as a heinous act. threatening to kill a jordanian pilot as well. >> visibly shaken prime minister of japan had this reaction. >> translator: we are deeply saddened by this despicable and horrendous act of terrorism and we denounce it in the strongest
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terms. to the terrorists we will never never forgive you for this act. since this act was committed we are going to coordinate with the international community. japan will never be defeated by terrorism. >> reporter: this is kenji goto in a video he recorded last year before crossing into syria and into siem i.s.i.l. territory. >> if something happens please don't claim any claim to experience there. >> he always hoped to make the world a place without any wars and to save children from war and poverty. i promise here to carry out his legacy hopefully with your support. >> here in jordan a dark cloud now hangs over hopes this country has to see it's pilot
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alive again. the response from i.s.i.l. it seems was to kill kenji goto. the suicide bomber at the center of the deal, sajida al rishawi has been offered up. linda meyer has interviewed rishawi through her lawyer. she says the 46-year-old iraqi an illiterate woman with no apparent value to i.s.i.l. >> why wouldn't they ask for her release, if they didn't capture the jordanian pilot would they have asked for her release, i don't think so.
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>> andrew simmons, al jazeera iran. spoke to earlier about the japanese feelings in the situation. >> they don't hold prime minister abe responsible in this case. they express shock and wonderment that he would be in syria to cover the plight of the weak in this area, and the gains of i.s.i.l. within the region. they look at prime minister abe as being a relatively strong leader throughout the had crisis trying to coordinate with the countries in the region particularly jordan, not cooperating with the terrorists
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but trying to save the life of kenji goto and the other hostage but also the pilot in jordan. army and paramilitary groups in nigeria, are trying to repel boko haram, in the northeastern borno state. fearing a larger offensive. let's go on the line to ahmed idris. away more can you tell us ahmed? >> i checked just before coming on air and i could hear explosions and gun shots in the background. the people of midugery are afraid of what might happen, over the last one month or so, people are really, really
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apprehensive. they fear boko haram might also attack. this attack began really early in the morning 2:00 a.m., 3:00 a.m. local time around 2:00 g mmplet. gmt. >> the african union broke up, yesterday do you think the two are linked? >> reporter: basically there is some feeling here that boko haram is becoming more and more desperate. over the last few days, we reported how other areas have been liberated by niger and the multinational task force operating there. people around here expect these
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things. as they push boko haram from the border mi isdugery has been in their line of fire for a very long time and cause various strategies to be taken. >> al jazeera's ahmed idris in abuja. al jazeera continues to demand release of their journalists who have been imprisoned for 400 days. peter greste, baher mohamed and mohamed fahmy peter and baher were given a seven year term, mohamed a ten year.
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(f) peter says we still have no idea when the retrial will begin or how long it might take. so while we remain strong and determined to do whatever it takes to clear our names and win our freedom 400 days still feels far too long to correct an injustice. al jazeera's wayne hay sat down with peter greste's parents in australian city brisbane. >> a complete sense of disbelief. a complete sense of disbelief. yet here it is as you say 400 day. it is a very bitter very sad reality. >> and lois you have just come back with spending two months in cairo and visiting peter on several occasions. how does he seem now? >> we've always known he is a strong person, very pliable you could say the word, and coping with all sorts of situations. you know you've got to be when
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you're a foreign correspondent in many ways. and this is just another one of those. and peter's dealing with it as you know as best he can thinking of all sorts of possibilities of what he might be able to do within the confines of his situation. and i mean he has bad days, there's no doubt about it but he pulls himself up. he was talking to us about it the last time we were there and saying that when he does have a bad day he knows and keeps telling himself that the next day will be good and it always is. so there's good days coming up even if he has a bad day. >> and where are we, what can you tell us about diplomatic or political deals to get peter back to australia? >> i don't think it's an
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exaggeration saying we continue to look into a dark void. although at the same time we feel we are doing everything we can to get peter back home. we do know that quite intense diplomatic activity is going on. we know that representations from other governments continue to be made on peter's behalf. so it's not as if we are treading water all the time. and merely hoping for the best. and yet in its own strange way there is -- there appears to be very very little movement, and little traction. and that, of course, doesn't help to allow our anxiety -- lower our anxiety levels and stress levels. >> there's been further unrest in the sinai peninsula in egypt. at least seven soldiers have
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been injured in attacks in northern sinai and activists say groups have been exchangeing shots, rocket propelled gren grenade before trying to storm it. once areas are cleared from i.s.i.l. fighters, shia fighters are denying the action but opened up old religious and ethnic wounds. zeina khodr reports. >> forced out of his home town by al qaeda. ten years back he is back. nor is an iraqi kurd. he took part in the fight against islamic state of iraq and the levant formerly an al qaeda aligned group.
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al qaeda fighters were formerly in the town, they are no longer here and there are some who blame them for allowing the i.s.i.l. takeover. >> the civilian they were al qaeda. they help them give them water food give them -- take them inside houses. they go up to take it to the kurdish house or the peshmerga house they blow, they burn it. >> reporter: the kurds believe this land is theirs but they are not only force on the ground. they are cooperate being with shia militia men they have government backing to fight i.s.i.l. you but they have been accused of working outside the law and changing the demography in many areas. we have met the forces based in this town they refused to appear on camera but what they told me is that they are going to allow
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people to return but on condition that they did not take part in the fighting alongside i.s.i.l. the kurds say the same thing. they deny they are punishing sunnis because they belong to the same sect. the displaced can return once the area is cleared of home made improvised explosive devices. many in jalala were supporters of the group. >> translator: we have credible information that 95% of the sunnis were fighting with i.s.i.l. al qaeda and other terrorist groups that were not targeting the families. in fact many of them found shelter in our communities. >> jalala's reality is the annal examples of the need of reconciliation.
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zeina khodr, al jazeera jalala. >> when we come back, turkish want to return to their homes but their villages have been destroyed by i.s.i.l.
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>> sunday night. >> 140 world leaders will take the podium. >> get the full story. >> there is real disunity in the security council. >> about issues that impact your world. >> infectious diseases are a major threat to health. >> "the week ahead". sunday 8:30 eastern. only on al jazeera america. >> hello again the top stories here on al jazeera killing of kenji goto by i.s.i.l. is authentic. shinzo abe says it is a heinous
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act of terrorism. military sending in reenforcements to the strategically important position of midugery. >> al jazeera's journalists have been imprisoned for foarnd 400 days. many of the people who fled i.s.i.l. fighters in the syrian town of kobani are sheltering in turkey desperate to return to their homes but most of their homes have been destroyed or are still under i.s.i.l. control. >> not nok for how long they will be gone.
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>> three of my grand sons are fighting, two are wounded but others are still on the front line. i'm so proud of them. when i go back i will eat the soil. i want to go. even if i have to sleep in a grave. >> reporter: going back home is what many hoped for after kobani fell under control of the kurdish people's protection unit. hoping to see her brother owho has been on the front line for four months. >> i have a wonderful feeling i'm very happy first time i feel like my people defended their land and they won. >> but the islamic state of iraq and the levant still control the villages where many of the refugees live and where the fighting is ongoing and kobani is in ruins.
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the border the close to the ruins. on the outskirts of the town of saruch. growth turkey and kurdish officials say it's too early for the people to cross back for safety reasons. they will have to stay here for a while. there are 7,000 tents for up to 35,000 people. it has a playground and will soon open two schools for 10,000 children. people are already settling in but the mood is agreat as the weather. >> even if we had to live in a tent there it's better. at least back home we would save our dignity. this is not our country. it is not our land. i'm a foreigner here. >> like many here the bashrawi family ran out of money. so living in a camp is the only
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choice. >> i own 20 hectares of land. we had to leave all this behind. i did not take anything with me except the clothes for our child. we are all in the situation. >> moving to the camp just a few days after the recapture of kobani has left many people here disappointed. they wonder if it will take weeks months even years before they can return home. waiting for the day they can return to kobani, the day their lives at refugees will end. al jazeera saruch, turkey. two sides were trying to agree on a new ceasefire before fighting in ukraine's east has complicated things. charles stratford reports. >> no doubt they quickly ran into deep trouble each side
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blaming the other for making impossible demands. a plan for an immediate ceasefire looks as far away as ever. the negotiator says the self proclaimed luhansk and donetsk people's republics they are fully occupied dealing with this. >> reporter: the fighting continues between government forces and what seems increasingly well organized fighters calling themselves the donetsk people's republic. the ukrainian defense minister says russia was sending in more troops. moscow has denied such a claim that it is not supplying the separatists with more weapons. >> we have a number of prisoners of war and i want to say the
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russian federation, while getting military hardware into ukrainian territory is saying there is no federation there. this is the cynicism of the highest degree. >> residents in parts of donetsk close to the airport which has seen some of the heaviest fighting have been without running water or electricity for weeks. many of the houses have been completely destroyed. another failed attempt at a truce as the fighting in this region intensifies fear among civilian population on both sides of the country grows by the day. charles stratford, al jazeera donetsk, eastern ukraine. >> live pictures of that march in hong kong as demonstrations shut down parts of the city for two months.
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police cleared the final protest camps two months ago. sarah clark is there. >> protestors, our estimates are between 5 and 10,000 people, started the rally at causeway bay here. it is certainly not what they anticipated but the leaders or founders of the movement indicated this is the first rally for 2015. so far the political discussions with the government has failed, particularly during this rally they'll hold a march or forum at the other end the central business district in hong kong, that's where they hope to get more people to join the rally prodemocracy movement here in hong kong. there have been two rounds of discussions but fail to find
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common ground. beijing said they will go ahead with the public elections in 2017 but they will appoint those candidates and that's what's upset a large group of people here in hong kong so the next trip will be seeing whether or not the discussions which will be held in the next few weeks with the government whether they can find any way to move this pro-democracy movement forward. >> rescue teams are searching for survivors of a fire in bangladesh. survivors say there were around 70 workers inside when the fire began. zimbabwe's president has shrugged off his chair of the african union would harm the west. robert mubage says it's not his business what the west says or
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does. bahrain has revoked the citizenship of 72 people for what it calls tharming interest hampleg the interestharming theinterest of the country. protests have been occurring in bahrain for almost four years. most of the people are now abroad and can appeal the decision. germany's chancellor angela merkel is due to visit the huh hungarian capital. soon the government may be forced to pick sides. from budapest robin walker explains. >> a new community center has opened in downtown budapest supporting parents. norway's ambassador is guest of
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honor. her country contributed $12,000 tol to the project. but this kind of organization is under threat. >> i'm concerned that we do not manage to resolve this conflict so that the angels that our fund is supporting can finalize many good projects and tease are not only controversial projects. projects like fighting domestic violence roma integration. >> last summer police seized laptops. they say it's an attack on civil society. >> calling ngos foreign agents how ngos in russia are treated, the difference being years that hungary is a member of the european union.
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>> prime minister victor olban his critics accuse him of corruption putting pressure on the media and corruption. the budapest turning its back on brussels? >> hungary is probably the most scrutinized country in the european union. any comparison to any country where there is a dictatorship is not only harmful but highly unjustified. >> reporter: like most economies in eastern europe, hyun-jin rir's nothungary's last not
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done well. thousandsen onto the streets in protest. opponents of the government want the crowds to come out again. question is whether enough hungarians want change. robin forester walker, al jazeera, beud budapest. >> john holman reports. >> world's longest ever helium balloon flight began with smiles in japan and land he of the two eagles off of mexico's northwest coast. >> now we are feeling good and optimistic. and very glad to be among people. >> american troy bradley and
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russia leonid, endured 160 hours cramped together in a cabin smaller than a king sized bed. their route took them across the pacific ocean the balloon capsule weighs only 100 kilos and is stuffed with state-of-the-art equipment. ballooning has always captured public attention helped along in recent years with high flying adventures of millionaires of like richard branson and steve fawcett. fawcett's balloon was a hybrid, could go faster than two eagles, making that little achievement a little bit sweeter. john holman, al jazeera mexico
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